By JCAD - Inc.

May 17, 2016 at 3:35 am

How Much Does DIY 3D Printing Cost and is a 3D Printing Service More Affordable?

Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer regarding how much a do-it-yourself (DIY) 3D printing project is going to cost. This is because all of the following is factored into the cost:

  • The 3D Printer
  • The Materials
  • The Maintenance
  • The Labor
  • The Electricity

The Cost of 3D Printing Involves Buying the Printer

The cost of DIY 3D printing involves buying or accessing a 3D printer for as long as you need it The cost of DIY 3D printing involves buying or accessing a 3D printer for as long as you need it

There are many different types of 3d printers, with costs varying depending on the retail price of the printer you purchase. This can include taxes, shipping, and installation fees. Estimated maintenance cost for the printer can range from 5 to 50 percent of the original price.

Most people assume there is no “labor” cost to factor in when you handle the printing job on your own, but this is not completely true. The biggest expense with doing a DIY 3D printing job is not the cost of money, but the cost of time. To put it bluntly, 3D printing is not easy. If you are someone who has no experience with programming codes and no experience with the inner workings of technology and software, you are going to find 3D printing to be extremely frustrating. There is a learning curve. You will have to learn how to use the printer and the software before you are able to jump right into printing.

If you’re printing is for a hobby then wasting time in a huge learning curve may not be a big concern, but if you’re running a business you understand that time is money. The time you spend figuring out DIY 3 d printing, you could instead be focussing on getting more sales, leads and clients!

Why a 3D Printing Service is a Cheaper Option

By going with a 3D printing service such as the one J – CAD Inc. offers, you do not have to worry about the learning curve. You do not have to worry about finding extra time in your day to learn how to use the printer before you can actually print. All you have to do is consult with someone from J – CAD Inc. who happens to be an expert in 3D printing. This person will be able to take your ideas and give you a quote regarding exactly how much it would cost, often in as little as 5 – 10 minutes of filling out the quote request form (like the one on the right of this page). You will find that 3D printing through a company who specialises in the services is surprisingly affordable. It ends up being a lot lower than the cost of the 3D printer and everything else that goes into trying to handle 3D printing on your own. Another key benefit to getting your 3D printing taken care of by a company such as J – CAD Inc. is the fact that they have been involved in the 3D printing industry for many years, long before it became popular.We know the art of 3D printing inside and out and can advise you on the best and most affordable approach for prototyping or mass producing your product.

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How Long Does 3D Printing Take?

Unfortunately, this question is not that different from “how much does 3d printing cost?”. It is not a question with a clear answer because it varies depending on what you are printing. For example, printing an intricate statue could take several hours or you could be printing a very small puzzle piece that just takes a few minutes. When you are printing larger and more complex objects, they are going to take longer to print.

The Solution to Your 3D Printing Questions and Problems

Printing with a company such as J – CAD Inc. who specialise in product development and production is always going to be cheaper than doing it yourself in the long run. By outsourcing your printing to us you can focus on developing new product ideas or marketing your business while we focus on creating your products as quickly and affordably as possible.

If you would like a free quote on your next project, fill out the form on the right, or get a quote here.


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